RALEIGH, N.C. – A military police private who bared her breasts during a mud-wrestling party at an Army camp in Iraq is being kicked out of the service, her grandmother said Friday.
Luci Tomlin said 19-year-old Pfc. Deanna Allen (search) was being singled out since photos of the event were published earlier this month.
"She got caught up in the moment and didn't realize the repercussions," Tomlin said from her home in Black Mountain, in western North Carolina.
Allen was initially demoted from specialist to private first class after the photos surfaced from the party at the Camp Bucca (search) detention center in Iraq, including one of her lifting her shirt and showing her chest.
The party was held Oct. 30, as Allen's Asheville-based 105th Military Police Battalion took over duty from the 160th Military Police Battalion of Tallahassee, Fla.
"The 160th Battalion were the ones that threw the party and encouraged the girls to do this," Tomlin said. "It has been so hard. This isn't what she wanted."
Tomlin, who lives with Allen's parents and sister, said her granddaughter will be brought to Fort Bragg for processing before being released from the military. She was not sure of a schedule.
Maj. Richard Patterson, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg (search), confirmed Allen "will be coming to Fort Bragg" but declined to comment on whether she was being ousted.
Allen said in an e-mail she was being separated from the military.
"I am fine," said the e-mail, sent to the New York Daily News (search) and reported by the paper Friday. "I am being chaptered out of the military, though. Be home soon."
The Daily News published party photos, including images of women wrestling in bras and panties in front of a crowd of male soldiers.